This puts a fine focus on things:
7/31 Trump calls Putin. Kremlin readout discusses getting back to normal diplomat relations.
8/2 Trump looking to collect up a LIST OF SPIES
8/12 Whistleblower files urgent report
8/15 Coats out as DNI
That is chronological correlation, not causation, and not with enough confidence interval to know what happened.
But ODNI knows. And they want Congress to know.
And if Trump took orders directly from Putin to smash our intelligence operations all over the globe, there is no way that it's not the worst crime ever committed against the United States by a traitor.
Forget simple impeachment. We're talking impeachment straight to espionage charges.
The president can declassify what he wants to - BUT NOT ON THE ORDERS OF A FOREIGN POWER THAT HAS HIM COMPROMISED.
This would in turn implicate every co-conspirator Trump has - especially the Republicans who told the American people and the world to pay no attention to the treason potentially committed right before our very eyes.
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